Practice Groups

Online 8-Week Fall 2020 Practice Group



Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is often readily understood, yet can be challenging to put into practice. To help you bring NVC into your daily life Metro Detroit Nonviolent Communication offers Practice Groups.

MDNVC Practice Groups are weekly gatherings where you can develop your skills through the use of practice exercises, role-plays and the sharing of your struggles and successes with others.


  • Be more compassionate with ourselves and others by increasing our awareness of our feelings and needs
  • Distinguish our actual observations from our story about what happened
  • Translate our judgmental thoughts into the underlying feelings and needs
  • Listen empathically
  • Receive “hard to hear” statements without taking it personally
  • Make Requests
  • Support our own values while equally honoring the needs of others
  • Connect with a sense of aliveness and appreciation


For Beginner Practice Groups, participants should have some idea of what NVC is. Recommendations include attending an MDNVC Introductory Workshop, reading the beginning of Marshall Rosenberg’s book: Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life, and/or completing The Exercise.

To be eligible for Intermediate Practice Groups, participants must have previously completed an MDNVC Beginner Practice Group. If you’re not sure if you qualify, please contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that all registrants participate in at least 80% of the sessions (i.e. 8 out of 10) to support continuity, learning, participation and progress of the whole group

What people are saying:

“There hasn’t been a week gone by without me having a significant revelation about my psyche.”

Michael, Practice Group Participant

“The feedback has been terrifically positive Katie! I am so happy that we found you.  You are amazingly competent, joyous, and skilled at teaching adults. Thank you again!!”

Penny, Practice Group Participant

“Thank you Katie, I have to say these sessions have been amazing, you have been amazing, so genuine. I can easily say that this is definitely adding to my growth as a human and as a spiritual being.”

Sib, Practice Group Participant

“Thank you as usual for a wonderful session. The game we played with feelings and needs was SO rewarding. It helped me understand me better. I noticed everyone loved that feeling of being understood even if it wasn’t the exact need or feeling which shows just how important we humans need to be seen. Thank you!!!

Linda, Practice Group Participant

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